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6 Published genealogical and family history data
6.1 Genealogical books

Books on royal and noble genealogies.

One of the best sources of data available is the famous German edition of the "Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels" - the most reliable and complete data source on European royal and nobility families. This edition is known world-wide as 'Gotha Almanac' ('Old Gotha' published in Gotha before the Second World War, and 'New Gotha' published in Marburg since 1951). Each volume contains about 2,000 genealogical records appropriate for analysis, with more than 100 volumes of this edition already published. Thus, more than 200,000 genealogical records are available from this data source.

In particular, this edition consists of 4 types of volumes:

  • Data for royal and prince families are published in Genealogisches Handbuch der Furstlichen Hauser [78].

  • Data on count (earl) nobility families are published in Genealogisches Handbuch der Graflichen Hauser [76].

  • Data on baronial nobility families are published in Genealogisches Handbuch der Freiherrlinhen Hauser [77].

  • Data on gentry (nontitled noble) families are published in Genealogisches Handbuch der Adeligen Hauser [75].

Other genealogical books with particularly reliable, complete and accurate data on familial longevity for noble families include: [7, 18, 26, 27, 34, 56, 87, 90, 102, 108, 109, 115, 116, 123, 125, 146, 147, 150, 152-155, 161, 164, 166, 167, 178, 180, 181].

6.2 Images of Genealogical Books on CDs

Thanks to tremendous progress in computer technology many hundreds of genealogical books with detailed information on familial longevity became available now for low price in the form of image files on CDs. The most complete set of these books is available in the Broderbund Family Archive Collection described below.

6.2.1 Broderbund Family Archive Collection

Broderbund Software Inc. (Banner Blue Division) initiated a large project to make images of dozens of genealogical publications (including many rare local periodical almanacs and bulletins). Listed below are the most interesting Family Archive CDs:

a. Early Settlers of New York State, 1760-1942. Family Archive CD 183

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following two volume set: "Early Settlers of New York State - Their Ancestors and Descendants", Volumes I and II. These books are comprised of articles that originally appeared in the periodical Early Settlers of New York State - Their Ancestors and Descendants. Edited by New York genealogist Janet Foley, its purpose was to collect, publish, and preserve church records, tombstone inscriptions, and family records, first from western New York, then from all of New York State. Referencing over 97,000 people who lived between 1760 and 1942, this collection provides little-known but first-rate source material that is essential to any researcher whose family research involves early New York State. This CD contains family genealogies, obituaries, Bible records, cemetery records, marriage records, church records, and death records.

b. Family History: 217 Genealogy Books. Family Archive CD 113

This CD contains the full text from 217 actual book titles, divided into the following subjects:

•Autobiography; •Biography; •Compendium; •Family; History; •Hispanic; •Local Histories; •Miscellaneous; •Native American

All sources have been preserved as originally published. The wide coverage of the CD emphasizes New England and the Eastern Seaboard. The Compendium section includes corrected versions of Virkus: Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy (Volume 1), and Savage: Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Volumes 1-4).

c. Family History: Colonial Genealogies #1, 1607-1920. Family Archive CD 189

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from all seven volumes of Colonial Families of the United States of America. Originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, these volumes contain information about approximately 142,000 individuals. Compiled over thirteen years, they include only those families who trace their ancestry back to the Colonial Period (1607-1775). Ranging from three to twenty scanned pages, each family history article gives the British or European pedigree of the colonial ancestor, followed by a listing of the individual's descendants up to the time of the article's writing. For your convenience and to make this important reference fully accessible, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that allows customers to search for their ancestors.

d. Family History: Connecticut Genealogies #1, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 179

This Family Archive contains images of the pages of the three volume set Genealogies of Connecticut Families, composed of a collection of articles that were originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and the three volume set Families of Ancient New Haven, compiled by American genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus. This Family Archive includes genealogies of almost every founding family of Connecticut as well as the complete ancestry and relationships of the 35,000 residents of 18th-century New Haven. Referencing over 127,000 people who lived between the 1600s and 1800s, this collection is essential to any genealogist whose family research involves Connecticut history. The materials cover the entire state, and even include information on some families whose ancestry is associated with other areas, largely Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and the Midwest.

e. Family History: English Origins of New England Families, 1500s-1800s. Family Archive CD 181

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the Genealogical Publishing Company's books entitled English Origins of New England Families, which trace family histories back to their English roots, some as far back as the 11th century. Included on this Family Archive are some of the most sought-after immigrant-origin articles published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. These articles will be of interest to almost all Americans with colonial heritage. This Family Archive references the names of more than 143,000 individuals. A sizable number of articles provide information on clusters of nearly-related immigrants or on all settlers with a given surname. Other notable inclusions are articles covering over 50 of the 125 New England immigrants of royal descent and those dealing with Mayflower passengers, colony founders, and clergymen. For convenience and easy searching, Broderbund has provided an alphabetical name index for this CD.

f. Family History: Genealogies of Long Island Families, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 173

This CD contains images of both volumes of Genealogies of Long Island Families, as well as one volume of Long Island Source Records. These books are comprised of articles originally appearing in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, one of the foremost publishers of Long Island genealogies. The three volumes, originally published by Genealogical Publishing Company, contain references to approximately 60,000 individuals from the present-day Suffolk, Kings, and Queens counties and represents one of the largest existing collections of Long Island genealogies and records. For convenience and easy searching, an alphabetical name index of all three volumes is included on the CD. The information available for each individual varies, depending on the original source article, but the records include genealogies, censuses, newspaper notices, town records (including deaths and marriages in some cases), Bible and family records, wills, and deeds. Some genealogies go so far as to establish the English or Dutch origins of a family.

g. Family History: Kentucky Genealogies #1, 1700s-1800s. Family Archive CD 185

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following three books: Genealogies of Kentucky Families, Volumes I-III. These books contain family history articles collected from The Filson Club History Quarterly as well as articles from The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, published between 1903 and 1965. The latter set of articles includes every Bible record and genealogical fragment published in the register. Referencing approximately 51,000 individuals and covering the entire state of Kentucky, the majority of the records included in this Family Archive are from the 1700s and 1800s. For convenience and easy searching, an alphabetical name index is included on the CD.

h. Family History: Massachusetts and Maine Genealogies, 1650s-1930s. Family Archive CD 194

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy and Massachusetts and Maine Families. Originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, these volumes contain information about approximately 77,000 individuals. Since relatively few Cape Cod records have survived, the 108 histories and essays collected in Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy are valuable resources. They can provide a better understanding of the period in which the family ancestors lived. Massachusetts and Maine Families documents the complete ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis. Almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry will descend from one or more of the 180 families included in this Family Archive. For your convenience, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that allows you to search for the family ancestors quickly and easily.

i. Family History: New England Families #1, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 117

This Family Archive contains images of the pages of 13 books covering New England family histories and genealogies spanning the 1600s to the 1800s. The books reference approximately 140,000 names. This CD can save you research time by telling you about an individual with requested ancestor's name who lived in New England during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Please note that some of the individuals included on the CD may not have lived in New England in this time period, but were mentioned in the genealogy of someone who did. For convenience and easy searching, an electronic index of all 13 books is included on this CD.

j. Family History: New Jersey Genealogies #1, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 182

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following two volume set: Genealogies of New Jersey Families, originally published by Genealogical Publishing Company. These books are comprised of family history articles that originally appeared in the Genealogical Society of New Jersey's journal, Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey. Begun in 1925 to promote scholarly interest in New Jersey families, the magazine continues to be a primary vehicle for New Jersey source material. Referencing over 38,000 people who lived between the early 1600s and 1800s, this collection is essential to any genealogist whose family research involves New Jersey history. The materials cover the entire state of New Jersey and include all material and Bible records published in the Magazine from the first issue through the end of Volume 65.

For the most part, this collection includes genealogies, cemetery records, church records, and family Bible records. These records may provide information on the dates and locations of important family events, as well as the names of the participants, witnesses, or other family members.

k. Family History: Pennsylvania Genealogies #1, pre-1600 to 1900s. Family Archive CD 163

This CD contains images of the pages of all three volumes of Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, as well as one volume of Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families from The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. The four volumes, originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, contain several hundred family history articles and Bible records, and reference approximately 62,000 individuals from Pennsylvania as well as the Delaware Valley. The articles from these four volumes touch on families of English, Welsh, Scotch-Irish, German, Dutch, and French origins, while the Bible records dwell on hundreds of additional families, many of them inter-related.

l. Family History: Rhode Island Genealogies #1, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 180

This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following two books: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume I and Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume II. Originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, these books contain family history articles on Rhode Island families published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. This collection contains some of the best genealogical articles pertaining to Rhode Island of the past 140 years. An interesting feature of this Family Archive is that it includes source records from at least fifteen early Rhode Island towns. Referencing approximately 46,000 individuals, the majority of the records included in this Family Archive are from the late 1600s to the late 1800s. For convenience and ease of searching, an alphabetical name index of both volumes is included on the CD.

m. Family History: Virginia Genealogies #1, pre-1600 to 1900s. Family Archive CD 162

This CD contains all five volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. The family histories in these articles were compiled from eighty-four years' worth of family history articles. These articles reference approximately 65,000 individuals from all parts of Virginia. Most articles trace lines of descent through seven or eight generations, covering three or four centuries.

n. Family History: Virginia Genealogies #2, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 186

This Family Archive contains images of all five volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families, consisting of family history articles originally published in The William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine between 1892 and 1942. It also includes images of the single volume Virginia Gleanings in England, which includes articles first published in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography between 1903 and 1926. These particular records should especially be of interest to researchers focused on the individuals with ancestry in early Virginia since they often show the English connections of colonial Virginians. Both of these books were originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. These articles reference over 113,000 individuals from the entire state of Virginia. While most of the materials date from the 1600s to the 1800s, a small percentage date from before 1600 and after 1899. Now with the added convenience of a name index that spans all of the volumes, this compilation is essential to any Virginia researcher's library. For customers' searching convenience, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that spans the information from all of the collected articles. This collection contains genealogies, newspaper notices, town records (including deaths and marriages in some cases), Bible and family records, wills, and deeds.

o. Family History: Virginia Genealogies #3, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 187

This Family Archive contains all four volumes of Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine and the complete set of Virginia Colonial Abstracts originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. Genealogies of Virginia Families consists of over 350 family history articles originally published in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine between 1919 and 1952. Virginia Colonial Abstracts were originally published in thirty-four paperback volumes between 1937 and 1949. Each page of Genealogies of Virginia Families and Virginia Colonial Abstracts is accurately reproduced on this Family Archive so you can see not only the full text of the articles, but also the accompanying illustrations. These articles reference over 130,000 individuals from the entire state of Virginia. For customers' searching convenience, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that spans all of the volumes.

p. Genealogies of Mayflower Families, 1500s-1800s. Family Archive CD 171

This archive CD contains images of the pages of Genealogies of Mayflower Families, Volumes I-III and Mayflower Source Records originally published by Genealogical Publishing Company. The volumes include a wide variety of resources pertaining to the Mayflower families which settled the southern areas of Massachusetts as well as their descendants. The records vary greatly in their content, but may provide birth, death, and lineage information in addition to baptismal, marriage, and probate records and cemetery inscriptions. The records mention approximately 111,000 individuals and are indispensable to anyone interested in researching the Mayflower families. For convenience and easy searching, an alphabetical name index of all four books is included on the CD.

q. Genealogical Records: The Complete Mayflower Descendant and Other Sources, 1600s-1800s. Family Archive CD 203

The Mayflower passengers are among the most celebrated immigrants in American history. This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following four texts: The Mayflower Descendant, Volumes 1-46 (including a comprehensive index set for Volumes 1-34); Mayflower Passengers, 1620; Middleborough, Massachusetts Vital Records, Volumes 1-2; and Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Volumes 1-5. This Family Archive is the only electronic publication of the entire forty-six volumes of The Mayflower Descendant authorized by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Combined, these four works reference the names of approximately 200,000 individuals. While the majority of the records date from the 1600s through the 1800s, a number of references date back as far as the 1400s and some date well into the first half of the 1900s. For customers' searching convenience, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that spans the information from all of the collected works.

r. Genealogical Records: The Ontario Register, 1780s-1870s. Family Archive CD 204

This extensive collection of genealogical records, which includes vital records as well as family histories, contains a wealth of information about residents of Canada and their descendants. This Family Archive contains images of the pages from the following texts: •Death Notices of Ontario; •Directory of the Province of Ontario, 1857 with a Gazeteer; •The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada; •Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834; •Marriage Notices of Ontario; •The Old United Empire Loyalists List; •Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, Volumes 1 and 2; •Ontario Marriage Notices; •The Ontario Register, Volumes 1-8.

While most of the 244,000 individuals listed are from Canada, some are from the United States. For customers' searching convenience, Broderbund has provided an electronic name index that spans the information from all of the collected works.

Genealogical Data Conclusion

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Data Resources for Biodemographic Studies on Familial Clustering of Human Longevity
Natalia S. Gavrilova, Ph.D.
Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D.
1999 - 2000 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ISSN 1435-9871
http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol1/4